If the back has to be exactly centered length & width
I fold the back to find the exact center, put a BIG safety pin there,
pinning from the "right side" of the fabric so the pin touches the floor.
More BIG pins along the centers of each side.
Then I roll out the batting, smooth, smooth, adjust, gently tug it
into place then smooth some more. Then I roll the top onto the sandwich
base, feeling for those BIG safety pins to center the top over it.
Place several more pins in a circle around that BIG pin in the middle,
then pin baste toward the outside.
Usually, tho', the backing doesn't need to be quite so fiddly.
As I usually piece the back in 3 sections so there's no center seam
(makes a weak point when the quilt gets folded along the center most often),
I mark that middle strip, both ends, w/ a BIG pin as a guide to lay the top
down on the sandwich base. Check often to make sure it's all still
centered; I like to baste from one end of the quilt to the other.
If I use several pieces of fabric to piece the backing I don't
worry about centering, just covering the space. <g>
It helps that I use a too-large backing and batting so there's
extra play room. When done w/ the pin basting I roll the back over
the batting and pin over the top border so there are no unprotected quilt
Wish you were here so I could show you. <g> It's much easier to
show than tell. ;-D
On 7/24/06 9:51 AM, in article
> I did it once recently and got the back all crooked! (So much for
> newbie enthusiasm!) I got some good advice for the next time -----
> Fold the back and the top into quarters. The folds will look like a
> plus sign.
> Mark the exact center of each piece.
> Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
> Match the side marks on the top and the back.
> I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
> batting in there. Someone also suggested handbasting along those
> Kay Ahr in NV
>> I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
>> some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
>> front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
>> it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be